Making Honey

Life is good for the honeybees at Kettle Ridge Farm. All 15 of our colonies made it through a mild winter and have been enjoying bountiful spring pollen and nectar. With new purchases, hive splits, and captured swarms, we are now up to 35 colonies in four bee yards.

What this all means is that we now have honey to sell! Our spring honey is beautiful, light-colored, and delicate. Much of the nectar comes from black locust trees, which had a strong, but brief, flowering period. Many other wildflowers, including clover, were also visited by our bees.

We hope to have good crops of summer and fall honey as well. Our summer honey is typically dominated by nectar from basswood, sumac, milkweed, and motherwort. Motherwort is a member of the mint family and actually gives the honey a wonderful slight taste of mint.

Fall honey comes primarily from goldenrod and aster. The honey is deep and rich-flavored. The fall honey crystallizes very quickly and is delicious when spread on your morning toast.

We love our new packaging and expect you will too. The honey labels were custom-designed by our friends at Bee Paper House and are similar to the maple syrup labels they previously designed for us.

To purchase our honey, visit our Products page and order online or stop by our small self-serve stand at 515 Log Cabin Road in Fishers pretty much anytime. (It helps to call Chris at 217-7108 or email before you come so we can make sure the stand is stocked.) You can also visit one of our growing list of retail outlets including Three Brothers Winery, The NY Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, McCann’s Local Meats, Little Button Craft & Press, and Glen Edith Coffee Roasters in downtown Rochester.